1 . Shakespeare’s Family Homes Pass
Enter the world of Shakespeare and see the places that inspired a genius, with entry to five historic properties (房产) in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Shakespeare’s Birthplace — Enjoy a multimedia exhibition and live theatre
Hall’s Croft —Visit the traditional herb gardens and home of Shakespeare’s daughter
Susanna Anne Hathaway’s Cottage — Hear readings of Shakespeare’s most popular sonnets Maty Arden’s Farm—Watch falconry displays and traditional crafts
Shakespeare’s New Place — Walk in the footsteps of Shakespeare and explore where he wrote some of his most iconic works like his four tragedies (悲剧).
Price Adult (（18+）) £20
Child （3-17） £10 Under 3: free
Concession （优惠） £15 60+ and students （18-25） with ID
*Tickets are valid (有效) for one visit to each of your 5 properties in a 72 hour period,
*Please note that customers who are disabled can buy a concession ticket and then will be able to have one carer admitted free.
Opening dates and times
Winter Season: 4 November 2019 – 15 March 2020
Shakespeare’s BirthPlace: open Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Shakespeare’s New Place: open Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage: open Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Halls Croft: open Monday – Sunday, 11am-4pm
Mary Arden’s Farm: closed
*Shakespeare’s BirthPlace, Shakespeare’s New Place, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage: open on the 24 December 10am-lpm, closed 25-26 December.
Spring/Summer/Autumn Season: 16 March 2020 – 1 November 2020
Shakespeare’s BirthPlace and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage: open Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm.
Shakespeare’s New Place, Hall’s Croft and Mary Arden’s Farm: open Monday – Sunday 10am-5pm
Closing times listed above are last entry.
Houses close 30 minutes after last entry.
【小题1】According to the advertisement, visitors can ________.
|A．hear Shakespeare’s sonnets at Shakespeare’s Birthplace
|B．explore where he created some of his master works
|C．visit the properties many times with the ticket in 72 hours
|D．visit the 5 properties free of charge on Christmas Day
【小题2】If Tom, who is disabled, visits the properties with his wife and 13-year-old son, he should at least pay ________.
【小题3】Li Hua, a fan of Shakespeare from China, will visit Shakespeare’s BirthPlace on July 25. He should exit at the latest before ________.
2 . New climate-control jackets have helped people stay warm in subzero conditions, and even made cows comfortable enough to produce more milk. But it all began with an Indian graduate’s simple wish for clothing that could be used for both the cold Boston winters and heated MIT campus rooms. Now, the MIT graduated company has begun selling the jackets and other clothes that allow wearers to control their level of comfort without adding or removing layers. “Our products can go from 0°C to 100 °C in the push of a button,” said Vistakula, founder and CEO of the company. “We have four levels of heating and four levels of cooling that include low, medium, high and very high.”
When electricity runs through the junction where two different metals meet, it creates a temperature difference so that one side heats up and the other side cools down. Such heat-exchange equipment also needs fans to blow away the heat. “We were able to reduce the weight and get rid of the need for a fan,” Vistakula told Innovation News Daily. “That made it very suitable to put it into clothes.”
The current clothing runs on a range of laptop batteries (电池) that can support up to eight hours of hot or cold comfort. Aside from shoes, jackets and bike helmets, the startup also sells knee and elbow packs that provide hot or cold therapy (疗法) for aching joints. That’s just the beginning, as the 20-person team tries many new and different applications (应用) in the search to find what works. They have their eyes set on a “HaemoSave” application that could use freezing temperatures to control bleeding, and pain during medical emergencies. “That’s at a very early stage,” Vistakula explained.
“It works for superficial (表面的) wounds, but we have to do deeper wounds and see what happens.” In another case, tests with jackets adapted for cows succeeded in enabling the cows to produce more milk. But the current costs mean that farmers can’t afford such equipment – at least not until the company scales up its production and lowers the price.
It’s an ambitious goal, but their confidence is supported by the startup’s innovation (创新) philosophy. “Nature has been innovating for billions of years, so you just have to look in the right place,” Vistakula said. “If you go looking for answers, you’ll find them.”
【小题1】Which of the following statements is TRUE according to the passage?
|A．The technology were first designed to control climate.
|B．The clothing is user-friendly with a simple push of button.
|C．The clothing runs on batteries that can last at least eight hours.
|D．The clothing needs fans to create a temperature difference.
【小题2】According to Vistakula, next they have to test whether HaemoSave can ________.
|A．be applied to reduce pain
||B．be used to control bleeding
|C．function for deeper wounds
||D．make body temperatures low
【小题3】It can be inferred from the passage that ________.
|A．the technology doesn’t work well in practice
|B．the technology can be widely applied in life
|C．the company will increase production to meet market needs
|D．the company is now facing a very uncertain future
【小题4】What can we conclude from what Vistakula said in the last paragraph?
|A．We can probably innovate anything in nature.
|B．Innovation should be encouraged to protect nature.
|C．It has taken billions of years for nature to change.
|D．We should innovate as it agrees with Nature.
3 . It was decades ago now, but it’s still one of the most memorable conversations of my life. On a long, slow train heading north, with nothing to do but watch the rain, the man sitting opposite began trying to talk to me. Like most young women who have learned the hard way to be careful of strangers, I was unfriendly. But curiosity took over when he said that he was just bored, and liked talking.
So that’s what we did for hours and hours as the man turned out to be quite talkative. When the train finally pulled in, we didn’t change numbers. However, I still think about it sometimes on long, boring journeys, before getting a phone out and scrolling silently like everyone else. It’s a rare person who can cheerfully break the social rule about not talking to strangers without any ill intention, but life would be more interesting if more of us knew how to do it.
And that’s why I can’t be as cynical as I probably should be about “Tube Chat” campaign launched to encourage Britons to talk to each other. All anyone is being asked to do is to start a conversation they wouldn’t otherwise have had — maybe with a friend from whom they’ve been apart or a neighbor they don’t know.
Obviously, it takes more than a bit of small talk over garden fences to unite strangers together. More people live alone than did so a generation ago, and the rise in freelancing（自由职业）means more of us work alone too. We socialize increasingly through screens, sending texts instead of bothering to call.
It’s true that the “Tube Chat” campaign of a few years back failed in its attempts to make Londoners talk to each other on public transport. But even city people who would normally die rather than make eye contact with strangers still happily gather in large numbers by the Thames for the New Year’s Eve fireworks. They would get a far better view at home on television — it’s not really about the fireworks, but about being part of something communal (公共的).
There’s no guarantee (保证) that this latest campaign to reconnect will succeed wherever others have failed. But if there ever a moment to stop social disbelief it may start a fire to warm a world that sometimes feels cold. Wherever my train friend is now, ________.
【小题1】The author introduced her train friend to ________.
|A．share her most memorable but boring journey
|B．express her deep regret for losing touch with him
|C．show that talking to strangers can add interest to life
|D．explain why people are becoming indifferent
【小题2】The underlined word “cynical” is closest in meaning to ________.
【小题3】The example of Londoners gathering for the New Year’s Eve fireworks is used to show that ________.
|A．“Tube Chat”, failed in its attempts to unite strangers together
|B．it’s hard to break the social rule about not talking to strangers
|C．people have a wish to be socially connected by nature
|D．“Tube Chat” made some difference to reconnecting people
【小题4】Which of the following best fits in the blank in the last paragraph?
|A．I hope he’s still talking
||B．I hope he is still as interesting
|C．I will miss him forever
||D．I will try to get in touch with him
【小题5】Which of the following would be the best title for the passage?
|A．Keep our desire to connect.
||B．Avoid talking to strangers.
|C．Show respect for social disbelief
||D．Socialize with our friends.